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Dive Review of Avalon/Ocean Doctor in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

 
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Avalon/Ocean Doctor: "Cuba - Land & Sea Adventure", May, 2014,

by Robert Nissenbaum, CA, US ( 2 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8055 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Jamaica, West coast Mexico, Channel Islands, Monterey
Closest Airport Havana Getting There American Air flight to Havana from Miami, all arranged by Ocean Doctor

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive plan provided. But everyone allowed to dive per experience level and air capacity.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Avalon is very accommodating to UWP. Noel Lopez, the head of dive operations, is an avid and excellent photographer. Noel and others assist UWPs in every way possible. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I had wanted to go to Cuba for many years to visit the island and dive, long before the Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes feature. I had long had a fascination with Cuba and its political/social history, as well as the tales of ocean conditions resembling the Caribbean of decades past.
I had for years looked into planning a trip, but hadnt done so due to the complications as a US citizen of needing to enter Cuba from Mexico or the Caribbean. Then I saw the Anderson Cooper feature and knew I wanted to go soon, before the inevitable time when relations will again normalize with the US government and American economic interests and tourists will change the island forever. That time is coming, probably after Castro passes on, but its coming.
I had an old friend living in the DC area who had a connection to the Ocean Doctor organization based in DC, and last Christmas time I received an invite from him to go on the maiden voyage of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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